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Bare Your Mid Riff
Jasmine feels a draft... and the eyes of a million fanboys.

"Now a lot of you might be wondering, why didn't I put Belle on there? Well, it's not that she wasn't beautiful, smart, and a well-developed character. It's just that, well... she didn't show her navel, and on this countdown that earns you, like, 20 more points."
The Nostalgia Critic, Top 11 Hottest Animated Women (referring to why just Jasmine and Ariel were second.)

Midriff-baring outfits are popular in Real Life, and have been for centuries, although for a while, it was just in certain cultures and, within those cultures, certain occasions. It's more like 60 years that it's been widely considered acceptable. Even belly-dancing outfits weren't midriff-baring before the "cabaret style" began with the most famous "Little Egypt", a dancer who performed at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

But since then, they've been a hit, with outfits ranging from tube tops to two-piece swimsuits. (Also commonly called a crop top, cropped top, belly shirt, half shirt, midriff shirt, tummy top, short shirt, or cutoff shirt; also sometime seen with some halter tops, and dozens of non-American styles.) So this is a trope about costumes showing the curvy area around a woman's waist.

Note that simply showing the belly and a little skin around it, like a slightly open shirt, does not count. But a dress with a large section around the belly cut out does.

Western Animation in particular seems to love this, since it's an easy form of Fanservice that the radar invariably misses. Within the past decade, the belly shirt seems to have become some kind of visual shorthand for "teenage girl". If someone does this in High School (actually in school), it's a case of No Dress Code.

Need we mention that this is a form of Fanservice?

This is mostly a female trope, but it can sometimes apply to male characters, if their lower torsos are really, really amazing. Bare midriffs on men can also be a sign that the man is Camp Gay or a Wholesome Crossdresser. The male version for the ladies is most often the Shirtless Scene.

This seems to be the only other form of fanservice in Bollywood besides Wet Sari Scene, because anything else would be too controversial.

Can come with a Minidress of Power, Chainmail Bikini, Lingerie Scene, Sexy Santa Dress, or Walking Swimsuit Scene as long as it is a two-piece.

A Super Trope to a Fur Bikini, Seashell Bra.

Compare Absolute Cleavage, Underboobs, Showgirl Skirt, Zettai Ryouiki (has a similar effect, but lower on the body).


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  • All of the Mermaids out of Civilian and Idol form in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch who always wear Seashell Bras in their Mermaid form.
  • Sisters Patty and Liz in Soul Eater.
    • One of the Mizune sister's combination forms wears the same conical covering as the smaller components, despite the woman being much larger, which combines this trope with Underboobs.
    • Blair the Hot Witch, sometimes.
  • Male example: Sai in Naruto.
    • Ino also shows her midriff in Shippuden. Prior to Shippuden she subverted the trope, wearing a separate top and shirt that left her midriff exposed... but covered with bandages.
    • Fu, the female Seven Tails host.
    • Karin is a partial example: her lab coat hangs all the way down on the sides, but is cut to reveal her belly in the front and back.
    • Sakura bares hers in the entirety of the third movie, Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom.
    • Hinata bares hers in the sixth Shippuuden Movie.
  • Lampshaded in Koihime†Musou, by Aisha, Rinrin and even Shuri, commenting that almost all the generals from the Wu kingdom are showing their bellies.
  • Another male example would have to be Ichigo Kurosaki, whose street clothes always seem to expose his belly if he does so much as lift his arms.
    • Female examples include the Arrancar Halibel, Neliel, Mila-Rose, Lilynette, and Loly, and the Visored Lisa, in whose case it's a Sailor Fuku many times too small.
  • Cures Black, Dream (and Dark Dream), Milky Rose, Berry, Sunshine, and Melody.
  • Subaru's Barrier Jacket and all of Arf's outfits in Lyrical Nanoha. Also, Tohma's Superpowered Evil Side in Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force.
  • Kurausoras' outfit during her final duel with Argent in Iono the Fanatics.
  • Tokiko's swimsuit in Busou Renkin. Much to her displeasure.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has one of these somewhere, amidst all the other various forms of Fanservice.
    Setsuna: "Chamo! What's the meaning of this!?"
    Chamo: "It's a costume. It looks good too."
    Setsuna: "My stomach is showing!"
    • Of course, that has nothing on the... "outfit"... Asakura wears in the Magic World.
    • And then there's Theodora...
    • Yue's outfit bares her midriff after the fight in the Governor's Ball. Reminding you that her ally was written out of existence by a shot that passed through Yue, destroying that part of her shirt along with Emily.
  • Eva from Karneval bares it. And damn she bares it well.
    • Gareki occasionally bares his too.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Envy wouldn't seem nearly as androgynous without their bared midriff.
    • Winry in her mechanic overalls, defying just about every safety rule.
  • Rosetta Passel in Kaleido Star.
  • Divergence Eve and it's second season has Kotoko, both the piloting outfits she wears are very Stripperiffic starting just below the chest area.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Nena Trinity... in addition to ridiculously short shorts.
    • But then, one might argue that Nena walks around in her underwear, when not busy killing innocents.
    • Johann also does this... though Nena shows more for the purpose of Fanservice.
  • One Piece: Almost all of the female characters in get in on this trope.
    • Nami, and to a certain degree Robin, are prime examples.
    • Even Dr. Kureha (complete with bellybutton piercing), despite living on a polar island and being 139.
  • Michiko from Michiko to Hatchin does this a lot, drawing attention to the big tattoo on her stomach.
  • Nadie's outfit in El Cazador de la Bruja.
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: Nadia's acrobat outfit.
  • Another male example would be Van Flyheight's outfit after joining the Guardian Force in Zoids: Chaotic Century.
  • Faye Valentine and Ed from Cowboy Bebop.
  • Serial Experiments Lain makes it very clear this is not "Present Day Present Time!" when you see Lain's friends in midriff-baring outfits, smoking and drinking at the club.
  • In Sailor Moon, Ves Ves, Cere Cere, and Jun Jun (known better in the anime as Besu Besu, Cele Cele, and Jun Jun) of the Amazoness Quartet wear outfits that predominantly bare their midriffs. Only Palla Palla (Para Para) has hers obscured.
    • The Sailor Starlights and a good chunk of the female Monsters of the Week do this too.
    • Early concept art which had the original five with more individual costumes, had this for all of them save Mercury. Moon and Venus with shirts that stopped just short of the belts, Mars with a similar one, though the material was long in the front to pass the waist, and Jupiter going all out with basically a halter-top and the V-waistline.
    • In the manga, Minako Aino wore crop tops a couple of times.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA, the president's daughter Sara wears a high-cut jacket and yellow tube top in the first half, before switching to a midriff-covering wedding dress in the second.
  • In Galaxy Angel, Ranpha initially wears a Chinese dress with a large section cut out to reveal her midriff. In sequels Galaxy Angel Z, A, etc., however, this section is covered up.
    • The outfits of both Lily C. Sherbet and Anise Azeat of the Rune Angel Troupe.
  • Obviously, Lum from Urusei Yatsura, whose Iconic Outfit is a tiger-print bikini.
  • Weda from Haré+Guu wears a similar outfit to Lum's.
    • Villagers Rebecca and Addy wear midriff-baring outfits as well.
    • Played with by Guu herself. She always wears the same long pink skirt and yellow tube top, but it only shows off her midriff in her adult-form.
  • Mink from Dragon Half.
  • Amalla Su from Love Hina: Her default outfit is rather revealing tribal garb. Kaolla Su (and later the rest of the girls) wears a similar outfit for her wedding dress.
  • Misty from Pokémon wears a midriff-baring top in the anime, but shows a lot more skin in one of the manga series, donning a higher-cut shirt and lower-cut shorts.
  • Yoko from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann wears a bikini top and shorts.
    • She actually wears so little that during the Beach Episode, her swimsuit covered more skin than her usual outfit. Ms. Fanservice indeed.
    • Also, Leyte. Her Fan Nickname is even "Professor Midriff".
  • In Code Geass, Kallen Kozuki ~Terrorist Version~ wears this early on in the first series. Complete with giant belts, straps, obvious breasts, and Zettai Ryouki!
  • Juri from YuYu Hakusho wears a one-piece outfit with a large section around her belly cut out.
  • Raichou's Magical Girl costume in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki has a big gap, through which she shows off her stomach. In one episode she dresses up Kyouka in a costume that reveals even more in that department.
  • Another male example: although Fai's default outfit doesn't include this, he shows his belly multiple times in his Hanshin, Piffle, and Infinity World outfits. Sakura's default outfit, as the princess of a desert country, applies too.
  • Ahiru in Princess Tutu wears a midriff-exposing sweater when she's not in her school uniform — although on her it has more of a silly effect than a sexy one. The Dark Magical Girl, Kraehe, also has a dress that covers her chest (barely), but not much else, including exposing her navel.
  • Pico in the first OVA of the Boku No Pico series.
  • Female Ranma ties the bottom of her tank top into a midriff-baring knot for absolutely no reason in the second Ranma ˝ movie, Nihao My Concubine. Oversized or not (it's sized for her male side) it certainly didn't stop the Gainaxing. She did the same thing twice in the manga, tying her tank top and trousers (or boxer shorts) into the shape of a bikini purely for Fanservice's sake.
  • Kirara in Samurai 7. As well as a most of the women from their village.
  • Malik from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Some found his lilac belly top "simply fabulous".
    • Also, Amelda/Alister.
    • Tea and Mai wear outfits that do this too.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds when Carly Carmine becomes a Dark Signer, her outfit consists of a black midriff top with a skirt and a cape to boot.
    • That Jerk Ass triple crossing bitch Barbara that Yusei meets in Crash Town. However, bitch or not she's still kinda cute.
      • Kalin Kessler as a Dark Signer to a lesser extent.
  • Another male example would be Shugo Chara!'s Ikuto's first Character Transformation.
    • Also, Amu's Amulet Heart and Amulet Devil.
  • Both Yunyun and Alphard from Canaan dress this way, although in Yunyun's case it stresses her tomboyish nature, whereas with Alphard it is used more to emphasize her extreme badassery.
  • As often as not, Tina Foster in Ai Yori Aoshi. Miyabi wore a midriff-baring halter top (often under an even shorter "jacket" and with a miniskirt) early in the manga, including her first appearance.
  • Éclair from Kiddy Grade shows off her midriff through a cross-shaped opening in her costume—which also makes it an example of Impossibly Cool Clothes.
  • Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail has the ability to change into different armors, many of them showing off her stomach (which some might describe as 'taut').
    • Most of Lucy's outfits count, as well as Clothing Damage.
    • Cana wears a bikini top.
    • Mirajane before the death of her sister used to wear this. However, she continued to wear her modest outfit after her sister turned out to still be alive after all.
      • Her Take Over magic, Satan Soul, has this as well.
    • Juvia after being possessed by Vidaldus Taka.
      • Pretty much all of the female Edolas counterparts minus Wendy, Cana, and Mirajane.
      • Wendy and Mirajane, on other hand, do expose their midriffs in the anime whereas Lucy doesn't.
      • And if it's not exposed already it will be.
    • Sting is really fond of tops that only cover his pecs. His first outfit like this was also tight, and a color similar to his skin.
  • Somewhat lampshaded in Magic Knight Rayearth: The ship from Chizeta is full of young women wearing such an outfit. When Umi is captured, since her clothes disappear, she's given the same kind of outfit, which makes her complain about her bare tummy.
  • Hellsing's Doktor, who, apart from being a male example, is also a Nazi. What is most disturbing to fans is that he pulls it off remarkably well.
    • Seras also did this in the fourth episode of the TV series.
  • Shirin from Harukanaru Toki No Naka De wears a midriff-baring kind of outfit.
  • Zakuro and Kisshu from Tokyo Mew Mew fit this trope a little too much.
  • Konata from Lucky Star did this once. Her dad didn't like it because young, impressionable Yutaka might imitate her.
    • In the live concert, Aya Hirano got a two piece cheerleader outfit for "Kaishite Knee Socks" and "Motteke Sailor Fuku".
  • .hack has Ouka, Mimiru, BlackRose, Rena, Subaru, Helba, Pi, Bordeaux, Tabby, and as a rare male example, Haseo.
  • Bertuccio from Gankutsuou, which kinda takes the edge off his Scary Black Man persona.
  • Another male example, Arthur from Tears to Tiara. This is somewhat bizarrely mixed with Pretty in Mink.
    • Morgan as well, though she's really not wearing much more than a handkerchief, really...
  • Mimi Tachikawa in Digimon Adventure 02. This might have something to do with being in the US for a few years.
    • Persiamon, Rosemon, Angewomon, Ophanimon, Mervamon, Minervamon and Kazemon also bare their midriffs. Also Emperor Greymon, for a male example.
  • Similarly, Momoko Asuka in Ojamajo Doremi. Though it's a bit risqué for a fifth grader.
    • During one episode of Dokkaan, Hana-chan dons a costume that also has this.
  • Revy from Black Lagoon.
  • Elie from Rave Master.
  • The girls of Hidamari Sketch rarely wear outfits that do this outside the context of swimwear, but one time, when they were taking pictures of each other with Sae's new used Polaroid camera, Hiro lent Yuno an outfit that showed her tummy. Sae was surprised she even had something like that (with a skull and crossbones on it), but Miyako guesses that Hiro wanted to be bold, so she bought it, then decided she couldn't wear it.
    • Yoshinoya-sensei wore a midriff-baring outfit on stage during the opening ceremony in Volume 4, and later to her class, helping her illustrate the three elective enrichment classes available to second-year students. She invited the ones who had already decided to touch the part of her that indicated the class they wanted: her tummy for 2-D, her breasts for 3-D (!), and her head for information.
  • While the girls of Ichigo Mashimaro don't seem to wear these in the main story outside of swimsuits, Nobue and Miu do on some episode pages and interstitial pages.
  • In Gakuen Alice, the main character (10 years old) has a midriff-baring cheerleader's costume in the OP, and bared it again in an I Dream of Jeannie-style costume for the School Festival.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, Sakura Kinomoto has a midriff-baring outfit in episode 7 and episode 43.
  • In Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer, Tamayo Kizaki bares her midriff with her casual clothes and a blue swimsuit.
    • Misaki Suzuhara did not bare her midriff in the anime, but she bared with her another swimsuit in the official anime picture that shows a group picture of her, Tamayo, Hatoko, Sai, and Kaede in their swimsuits.
    • The round girls of this anime wore a midriff-baring outfits.
    • A cameo of Misaki who appeared in the Episode 10 of an anime Kobato wore a midriff-baring blue promotional outfit during the end of an exam along with Tamayo. This is the first appearance of Misaki Suzuhara who bares her midriff in the other CLAMP anime.
  • Urd, Peorth, and Hild's loli form in Ah! My Goddess have all worn midriff-baring outfits.
  • This outfit worn by Sylia Stingray in the Bubblegum Crisis OVAs, sometimes with a suit jacket over it. The first episode was released in 1987, but with the passage of time her fashion starts looking less and less ridiculous.
  • Tsume from Wolf's Rain. Fangirls are eternally thankful.
  • Lisa Sakakino from éX-Driver.
  • In Eureka Seven, Gidget, Hilda and Talho all have outfits that bare their midriffs to various degrees. Talho, however, switches to a full-body costume later on.
  • Yumekui Merry: Merry. Notable in that they're not trying to "sneak" anything past the radar—in fact, the animators appear to be actively trying to put in as many shots of Merry's bellybutton as they can.
  • Infinite Stratos: Ichika and Charles' IS suit is like this.
  • Runo Misaki and Julie Makimoto in the first series of Bakugan.
    • Julie still continues to do it.
  • Mitsudomoe clearly has a crowning moment of awesome where this trope is demonstrated on several extremely memorable occasions.
  • Zoey from Dinosaur King.
  • Male example: Shuichi from Gravitation.
  • Kureha and Sakura from Tokko.
  • Sylvie in Ashita no Nadja.
  • Tayune in Inukami!.
  • Many characters in Star Driver. Including the men.
  • THE iDOLM@STER: A few of the girls' stage outfits, specially Miki's, Hibiki's and Mami's.
  • Mayor Gathermoon in Gundam SD.
  • In A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, the woman who plays the bear pianist's human form in the play "The Bear Pianist" wears a midriff-baring tank top normally.
  • Bulla and Pan in Dragonball GT.
    • And Bulma during the Invisible Spaceship filler scene in Dragon Ball Z.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya does this a lot, specifically whenever there's warm weather involved.
  • Waiting For The Day After Tomorrow has their own Ms. Fanservice in the form of Kotomi who wears midriff tops all. the. time.
  • Most female characters on the Gargantia fleet except for the assistant to Fleet Commander in Suisei no Gargantia.
  • A male example in Joseph Joestar, the protagonist of the second part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. A particularly notable case in that he actually predates the Bishonen Jump Syndrome phenomenon by quite a few years, though it doesn't come off as any less fanservicey. Rohan Kishibe and Guido Mista, who do take advantage of Bishonen Jump Syndrome, also count as well.
  • In K-On!, the former Light Music Club band Death Devil used to have outfits with this. Also, one of the bands at the Live House show had this in their outfits.
    • The main girls rarely expose their midriffs outside of wearing bikinis — and Azusa hasn't done that, preferring one-pieces, in 4 volumes of manga and 2 seasons of anime — but Ritsu wears a hula outfit in her Imagine Spot about going to Hawaii, and wears a midriff-baring shirt when going to apply for passports.
  • Many characters from Magi - Labyrinth of Magic, both male and female, dress like this, since it's mostly set in hot desert or tropical countries.
    • One notable male example being Judar, who wears a very revealing crop-top to show off his abs.
  • In Madan no Ou to Vanadis, every Vanadis, as well as Limlisha, has this in their standard clothing.
  • Boma from Heat Guy J shows off a nice six-pack.
  • In Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara, Megumu's swimsuit in episode 6 has a top and bottom portion. Though he doesn't really need it as a guy, it's played up as if he were a girl, and Nanami hilariously does an Eye Poke on Souta when Megumu first takes his shirt off.
  • In Bleach, Inoue's new outfit when she and Chad meet up with Ichigo in Soul Society in the Thousand Year Blood War arc has this as well as Cleavage Window, though it's really just very wide straps. (You can see her skin on her side in color pages, and Urahara even says, "If you close it in the front it'll spill out the sides!")
  • Kill la Kill: The main character, Ryuko, does this a lot.
  • In Umi Monogatari this is standard attire for mermaids, though a few humans do so as well.

  • Queen from María Pascual's character group "The Pack".

  • After Jenny Quantam from The Authority aged herself to look like a young woman in her twenties, this became her dress code almost exclusively. At one point she got "tired of menstruating" and de-aged herself to look about 11. The bare midriffs stayed, however.
  • Powers has Deena Pilgrim, who as a detective is allowed to come up with her own dress code. As she remarks to her pissed-off partner Christian Walker early on, while trying to get him to forgive her for going through his things (she thought he had powers): "And I wear these little belly shirts. That's gotta do something for you, right?" It's far less Stripperiffic than normal for a comic book, but she wears midriff-baring shirts almost exclusively. Some of the regular heroines of the Powers world go for the more traditional comic book heroine outfits, though.
  • Huntress in Birds of Prey bared her midriff despite a full body costume and cape. Hey, if you did 700 sit-ups a day to maintain those gorgeous abs, wouldn't you? An irritant for many fans who remember the time Huntress got shot four times in the stomach. The belly window varies Depending on the Writer and artist, and Gail Simone said that her costume was going to be changed to not include it a few issues into the 2010 relaunch. Unfortunately, the title was cancelled mid-story. As of Huntress-Year One, her midriff is properly armored.
  • The Scarlet Witch wears one during the Kurt Busiek/George Perez era of The Avengers. They attempted to justify it with her saying she was going back to her gypsy roots, yet the outfit would have easily made her ancestors blush.
  • Stargirl from the JSA has worn a belly shirt since her first appearance in her short-lived solo book.
  • After nearly 70 years of wearing a one piece bathing suit, Phantom Lady started doing this.
  • Several female Teen Titans seem to be going this route.
  • Supergirl in certain interpretations of her in The DCU.
  • Marvel Universe examples from the Main U. (616).
    • X-23, the Canon Immigrant female clone of Wolverine exemplifies this trope. Just about every thing she's worn, give or take a few outfits, shows her belly. It came to the point where when the third incarnation of X-Force was formed, she was the only girl in the team whose uniform had this. Good thing she didn't inherit Wolverine's propensity for chest hair.
      • Notably, the few times where she had a uniform that isn't an example of this trope (other than her origin story where she was only about 13 or 14) was when it wasn't her creators Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost writing her (Chris Claremont first and later Christos Gage and Dennis Hopeless) so this might be due to Author Appeal.
    • Surge is also known for this. Makes for awkwardness when her roommate, a Muslim girl, makes a veiled insult in retaliation when Surge calls her out on her clothing.
    • The new(er) Scorpion, Carmilla Black has had some form of belly baring in all variations (though the variance isn't much) costumes she's worn.
    • Callisto of the Morlocks, maybe one of the pioneers of this look...
    • Elsa Bloodstone, especially her original costume (since it was based off her fathers, but since his bared his chest, and being a Marvel Comic they couldn't really bare hers anymore than they already were, the midriff was left more open seemingly to compensate.).
    • Dagger, as in: Cloak &, always had that dagger shape in the front of her costume that puts her navel prominently on display.
    • Jean Grey in Ultimate X-Men. Rachel has a nearly identical outfit now.
    • The Regan Wyngarde version of Lady Mastermind. Though hers is more in the "Dagger" style.
    • Julie Power (Lightspeed, formerly of Power Pack), who somehow was allowed to age while the rest of Marvel is stuck in eternal agelessness, wears no material between her ribcage and her belt.
      • Notably, when the rest of the Pack team up with the children of the Future Foundation, Julie is back to wearing her old, full-body costume. This is either an art error or an intentional change to appear "classier" in front of the children.
    • The Kate Bishop version of Hawkeye in the Heinberg/Cheung era of Young Avengers. In the 2012 Hawkeye series and the Gillen/McKelvie era of Young Avengers she wears a more body-covering costume.
    • A rare male example is Incredible Hulk's Marvel NOW costume, which is a suit of armor that shows off his abs when transformed.
    • Ms. Marvel's first costume.
  • One of the many unpopular things about the Kelley Armstrong issues of the Angel comics was Kate Lochley's new midriff-baring costume, which was both out-of-character for someone who had previously dressed fairly professionally, and stupid for a non-powered human character in a canon full of hand-to-hand combat using edged weapons and claws.
  • In the French-Canadian comic book Les Nombrils, as could be guessed from its title, bared midriffs are a definite feature of the title girl trio.
  • Empowered: Sistah Spooky and Ninjette have baring-midriff Stripperiffic costumes. Same thing for Emp's hypermembrane as soon as it start getting shredded... that is, most of the time.
  • Van von Hunter's perpetually amnesiac sidekick, whose outfit consists of a vest that covers her up top to the diaphragm, low-cut trousers with panty-flash splits, boots, and of course The Gloves of Lifting.
  • Hawkgirl and/or Hawkwoman, Post-Crisis at least. Appropriate, given Hawkman's status as a Flying Shirtless Scene.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, throughout Tales of the Jedi several male alien Jedi wore midriff-baring shirts, most notably Memit Nadill and Odan-Urr.
  • Gemini Storm's Elizabeth Rose.
  • Dinah from Blacksad has this and It's significant to the plot.
  • Ashleigh from Scion. All of the time.
  • In Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, Ash's girlfriend Caroline is shown wearing just a bikini, showing off her midriff. Furthermore, a girl getting mugged by a group of men at a railway station is shown wearing a midriff exposing shirt and three of the nightmare warriors (Tina, Rennie and Stephanie) are all shown wearing shirts that show off their belly and bellybuttons. Later, Maggie Burroughs/Kathryn Krueger is transformed into a new outfit by Freddy which shows off her midriff.
  • In the SLG Gargoyles comic, Angela's look changed to fit this trope, whereas previously (as in the animated series) she had a single-piece tunic.
  • Lorena Marquez, the second Aquagirl.

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  • In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill S. Preston wears a sweatshirt cut to expose his midriff.
  • In Mean Girls, this is most of Gretchen's outfits.
  • Star Wars
    • Leia's metal bikini.
    • Amidala due to convenient Clothing Damage — when it isn't simply a part of her outfits.
    • Aayla Secura was pretty famous for this because Jedi are usually known for wearing concealing robes. Her choice of clothing is a balance between Jedi convention and traditional garb for female Twi'leks, which is even more revealing (although Aayla is more modest in personality than most Twi'leks anyway).
  • In I Heart Huckabees, Naomi Watts spends the majority of her screen time wearing clothes that reveal her midriff, among other things. For example...
  • Near the end of Goodfellas, we briefly see Lorraine Bracco's belly as she hides a gun in her panties.
  • Milla Jovovich
  • In The Lady Eve Barbara Stanwyck wears a dress like this as she seduces the leading man.
  • Pharaoh Ahkmenrah from Night at the Museum wears a rather minor version by not showing his navel.
  • Thelma & Louise: Visual symbolism of Thelma's descent into crime involves her starting to wear a midriff-baring shirt.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie
    • Kimberly Hart got stuck wearing a midriff baring skating outfit when Zordon called her and the rest of the Rangers on a mission and she never had time to change out of it.
    • Also Dulcea wears a bikini like piece of clothing too. Pretty good looking for a gal that's as old as Zordon.
  • In Spy Kids 2, Carmen wears a midriff-baring top prior to and during the dinner scenes, and also during the credits.
  • In the flashback sequence halfway through Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Jen and Lo's Slap-Slap-Kiss phase of their relationship culminates in a passionate love scene that treats the viewers with a lingering glimpse at Jen's bare midriff.
  • In Yesterday Was A Lie, Chase Masterson's character exposes her midriff through the middle-to-late portion of the film.
  • In Mighty Aphrodite, Mira Sorvino, as prostitute Linda Ash, bares her midriff in the scene where she and Woody Allen, as Lenny, the adopted father of her child, first meet in the film. In that scene Linda has made Lenny comfortable at her apartment, thinking that he is just another client of hers.
  • In the Bring It On series, the cheerleaders do this often, in uniform and out of uniform.
  • Dolores del Rio wore a two-piece swimsuit in Flying Down to Rio (1933), making the two-piece perhaps Older Than They Think.
  • In the fourth year anniversary movie for That Guy with the Glasses, To Boldly Flee, due to the plothole, Jesuotaku is changed into Radical Edward from Cowboy Bebop and sports Ed's loose Crop top from part 3 onward.
  • Man Of The House lampshades this during Ranger Roland Sharp's dress code negotiation with the college cheerleaders under his protection, whom he hopes to make dress more modestly. The girls flatly refuse to compromise when he specifies no bare midriffs, insisting that, "...we'll cave on the first two, but we absolutely must maintain navel visibility."
  • Halle Berry:
  • Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Pretty much during the whole movie of Our Lips Are Sealed.
  • A good half of Noomi Rapace's wardrobe in Dead Man Down features midriff-baring shirts and sweaters.
  • Julianne in My Best Friends Wedding — during what was supposed to be the wedding scene.
  • It's a fair bet that any "Arabian Nights"/"Sinbad" movie may feature some "harem girls" — possibly including the romantic lead — in this style of costume, by way of semi-justified, family-friendly fan-service.
  • Revenge of the Nerds: The Pi Beta Pi sisters' uniform is a pair of matching blue running shorts with a matching blue cropped t - shirt during the Greek Games.
  • The Bikini Car Wash Company: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • In Lindsay Lohan's Freaky Friday (2003): Mom in Lohan's body meets a girlfriend at school with a mildly midriff-baring shirt, and yanks it down.
  • H.O.T.S.: Both the H.O.T.S and PI sorority girls during the strip football game.NSFW

  • A notorious cliché of the covers of Urban Fantasy novels featuring Action Girl protagonists.
  • Masha from Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures books aims to prove that one doesn't need a slim figure to wear a bare midriff outfit. Many other characters really wish she wouldn't.
  • In the first The Kingdom Keepers book, Amanda is noted to dress this way. Charlene's Virtual Magic Kingdom avatar dresses this way as well.
  • In Animorphs 'In The Time Of Dinosaurs' Rachel discusses the 'bare midriff look.'
  • Jarlaxle is a male example, for his first couple of appearances at least. It helps that the Underdark has a fairly constant temperature.
  • Part of Bree Pym's "youthful take on funeral attire" in Aunt Dimity Down Under was a black miniskirt paired with "a clinging black sweater that covered her tattoos but didn't quite cover her tummy."
  • Kajiya in Destined to Lead, even depicted on the cover art. However, she gets a non-midriff bearing outfit in book two, according to Word of God.
  • Many fairies in the Rainbow Magic series do this on the covers of their books. Since they look very young, however, it's not very fanservicey.
  • Justified in The Poster Children with Jenny Chambers. Her powers open a portal over her abdomen so she can't wear anything over it if she needs to use it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Cerie in 30 Rock. Yeah...
  • Tori in Victorious did this in almost every episode in the last two seasons with tops that showed a modest portion.
  • Dark Angel did this a lot.
  • Jeannie's outfit on I Dream of Jeannie. (Although, rather infamously, lingering prudery caused creator Sidney Sheldon to have Barbara Eden's actual belly button concealed.)
  • Stargate SG-1: Samantha Carter, once. To be fair with her, she was Not Herself.
    • Also Vala, in "Bounty".
  • Stargate Atlantis: Teyla Emmagan, quite frequently in her "civilian" clothes.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • Sufficiently primitive civilizations would frequently use this kind of costume.
      • Also sufficiently advanced civilizations.
    • Famously, Uhura in "Mirror, Mirror". In homage, the Star Trek: Enterprise Mirror Universe episode had T'Pol and Hoshi's one-piece jumpsuits modified into a trouser and high-cut shirt outfit.
      • Interestingly, they got around the Moral Guardians of the day, who didn't allow female navels on TV (like Jeannie) by taking the Guardian supervising the episode out to lunch and getting him drunk. True story.
    • Also in the same episode, the mirror version of Marlena Moreau.
    • A lot of episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise has some TV 14 fan service from T'Pol in order to try and attract more viewers in the later seasons especially. It obviously did not work.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Briefly, Tasha Yar in "The Naked Now". She was intoxicated, of course.
    • Guest character Brenna Odell in "Up The Long Ladder".
  • Ginger and Mary Ann of Gilligan's Island had to hide their belly buttons, despite wearing bare-midriff clothing. They managed to get away with it now and then.
  • In The Sarah Connor Chronicles, about half of Cameron's wardrobe consists of shirts that do this.
  • Mac did this a few times on JAG.
  • The Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "The Bare Midriff" features a woman, who always does this, despite being pudgy, which disgusts Larry.
  • The fitness TV show, **Shimmy** , features lots of belly exposure.
  • Jennifer Aniston did this quite a bit the first couple of seasons on Friends.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • The Season 2 episode "Halloween" had Willow, who up to then was always in very drab, conservative outfits, in a sexy midriff-baring costume as a plot point, and looking quite fit indeed.
    • Also Faith wears a few midriff baring shirts when she first shows up.
    • In order to showcase that she has changed as a result of a love spell, an episode puts Dawn in a "painted-on" top that bares the majority of her midriff.
    • Several of Genevieve's outfits.
  • Karone's midriff is exposed the entire time in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy when she takes the place of a fallen ranger. (Plus she's wearing tight leather the whole time.)
  • Kris Munroe and Julie Rogers on Charlie's Angels regularly wore bikinis. Usually in a Beach Episode.
  • Happens rather often on Dance Moms with the girls' practice outfits (which tend towards crop tops and bootie shorts), and many of their competition costumes as well, despite the oldest girl being only 13/14.
  • Farscape: In "Back and Back and Back to the Future" (only the third episode), Aeryn Sun's outfit is quite midrifferific. More frequently, Jool's second costume. And Sikozu, a lot. And many single-episode characters, most obtrusively the female locals in "Look at the Princess" and "Thanks For Sharing".
    • Chiana maybe. It's not clear if that really is her midriff or just cloth.
    • Speaking of Aeryn, how can you leave out the Cher costume from Season 4's "Kansas?"
  • Smallville covers (or more appropriately doesn't) this a lot with their girls but not limited to the following: Lana Lang, Chloe Sullivan has several outfits like this, Lois Lane, Star Girl, and Kara.
  • A lot of female contestants on Americas Got Talent wear outfits like this because two of the judges are males and they hope they can get by by using their toned abs.
  • A lot of outfits for the girls in Toddlers & Tiaras do this too.
  • The Charmed Ones did this pretty often.
  • Done by Paige in seasons 1 and 2, then Manny in seasons 3 and 4 on Degrassi.
  • Done by all of the girls on the S Club 7 tv show. Justified since it was always hot wherever they stayed, and they frequently hung out on the beach.
  • Kelly Bundy was a practitioner of this trope in Married... with Children.
  • The girls of Saved by the Bell did this at various times throughout the series, but Kelly showed her tummy the most often.
  • In the Danger Island serial on The Banana Splits, Leslie Hayden, the plucky daughter of Professor Hayden, wears a red blouse tied at the bottom of her bust, thus exposing her midriff, along with white slacks that never got dirty despite all the action she was in.
  • Gabrielle in Xena: Warrior Princess since the second season, Callisto and various Amazons.
  • In an episode of So Random!, Zora dressed up as some sort of bellydancer.
  • Sarah Walker wears a belly dancing outfit in Chuck.
  • In the episode of the PBS current affairs documentary series Frontline called Merchants of Cool, narrator and consulting producer Douglas Rushkoff coins the terms "mook" and "midriff". "Mook" refers to the trend of immature, crass, obnoxious man-children such as in The Tom Green Show and Jackass. "Midriff" refers to the female counterpart, sexually precocious nymphettes who trade on their looks such as Britney Spears and Jessica Biel who well, often wear midriff-wearing outfits in their bid to appear sexy.
  • Once Upon a Time: Ruby's waitress uniform does this. The irony is that her fairy tale counterpart, Red Riding Hood, is the most conservatively dressed major character in that world.
  • In Kickin' It, Olivia Holt as Kim sort of does this at the end of the episode Kickin' It On Our Own
  • iCarly:
    • Ms. Fanservice Carly does this a lot.
    • A girl that Spencer meets at Webicon.
    • Shelby Marx.
  • All of the mermaids of H2O: Just Add Water do this, either in mermaid form or in human form (thanks to them living near the beach)
  • Almost all the younger female stars on Dancing with the Stars.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02), a young hunter, Tracy Bell, wears a short low cut tank top and plaid shirt tied around her naval.
  • An out of uniform 1LT Colleen McMurphy wore a half shirt all throughout one episode of China Beach.
  • Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser.
  • The Hee Haw Honeys on Hee Haw.
  • In this segment on Good Day America reporter Anna Gilligan strips down to a bikini at Action Park to try out the Tarzan rope swing.
  • Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • Beth Raines Spaulding LeMay Winslow Spaulding Bauer Spaulding on The Guiding Light in this bedroom scene.(mildly NSFW)
  • Of course, the midriffs of the male and female teammates are bared on the survival show Naked And Afraid because they're stark naked all throughout the show.
  • MTV's whipped cream bikini contest.
  • On the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, no, not Kimberly, but Trini was the one who bared her midriff the most. Out of the roughly 90 episodes she appeared in, you can probably count on both hands the number of episodes where her tummy is actually covered. Even her Halloween costume in the Pumpkin Rapper episode was that of an Arabian princess (similar to Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin but in yellow instead of blue).
  • Tori, from Power Rangers Ninja Storm. Justified though, because she was a surfer.
  • On Extra, Maria Menounos made a bet with AJ Calloway that if the New England Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants that she would strip down to a bikini in Times Square. The Giants won 21-17 and she honored her bet.


  • Kathy Smith in Kathy Smith's Flex Appeal: A Belly Dance Workout.


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    Video Games 
  • Vikki Grimm in the "Army Men" series.
  • Classic example, Tifa from Final Fantasy VII. Also Yuffie, though admittedly her midriff-baring is more noticeable.
  • Male examples in Final Fantasy II: White Mage Minwu and The Hero Firion, in some renditions of the character.
  • Princess Sara in the remake of Final Fantasy III. Additionally, Refia's Thief outfit. It's the only job that has clothing for her that fits this trope. So if you find yourself wanting to keep her a Thief despite the availability of statistically-better jobs, well, you're not alone.
  • Kuja from Final Fantasy IX. He's a male, OK?
  • Final Fantasy X-2. Most dress spheres contain varying levels of Stripperiffic-ness. Rikku and Paine's default outfits show their navels for all to see.
  • Final Fantasy XII, it's standard fashion for the party aside from Balthier and Penelo — Vaan, Ashe, Basch and Fran all reveal their midriffs to various extents, Fran going straight for Stripperiffic. In the sequel Revenant Wings, and Final Fantasy Tactics A2, Penelo makes up for being left out in the original game.
  • Vanille, Fang and Lebreau of Final Fantasy XIII. Lightning's uniform usually covers her up, but with suitable posing she not only shows her midriff, but clearly enough to see she has a navel piercing.
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy and it's prequel Dissidia 012, Tifa, Kuja and Vaan return. Lightning is also back and her downloadable outfit shows off her midriff more, Bartz and Terra also get in on the trope in their own downloadable outfits.
  • Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors: Goodness, is there a female character who doesn't have a Stripperiffic, midriff-baring main or alternate outfit?
    • Lu Xun is a male example.
    • Ginchiyo Tachibana would be the female subversion. In fact, she's the only female character that wears full chain and plate in the games, which should be noted here if only for the rarity value.
  • In another male example, Seifer, originally of Final Fantasy VIII fame, bares the lower half in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Pepper Box in Evolution Worlds.
  • Suzuka from Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier, even so far as it being her only source of sex appeal, because as far as her chest goes... she's got nothing.
  • Resident Evil
  • Several Neverwinter Nights outfits fit this trope. One community expansion, the Shadowlords/Dreamcatcher/Demon arc, has a female character (Anera for those following along at home) whose favored suit of armor is a ragged scale mail shirt that leaves her stomach exposed.
  • Jade Empire has Silk Fox, whose civilian outfit exposes her belly. Then there's the Player Character Wu.
  • The King of Fighters: Athena likes to do this. Also Blue Mary, Angel, Vanessa, Leona, Iori and Benimaru. In fact, in various KOF games, three of them have a special ending picture as "Bellybutton-showing team".
  • BlazBlue has both Makoto Nanaya and Mu-12 doing this as well as NPC Kokonoe, but the originator was Bang Shishigami, a rare male example.
  • The Elite Beat Divas. And their Ouendan counterparts.
  • Etna from Disgaea has an outfit that prominently displays her navel, but then it's hard not to when you're wearing what amounts to a two-piece.
    • Male warriors from the first Disgaea game. Second game, they are shirtless.
    • Hanako wears a white tube top and pink shorts which also prominently display her belly.
  • Advance Wars has Sami, Lash and to a lesser degree Rachel wearing outfits that show their bellybuttons, as well as a male example in naval commander Drake.
    • Of course, Drake's belly button has more to do with his paunch and not caring about niceties like tucking in shirts than Fanservice.
    • Lin in Days of Ruin also shows her stomach off.
  • The Space Marine player character from Doom is usually depicted as having the abdomen area of his uniform ripped off by demons (same goes for his knee). Because the most well-known image of him is in DOOM's low-res title screen, most people think that his uniform and armor were issued with an abdominal cutout (which common sense ought to quickly identify as a profoundly stupid design for military gear).
  • Shiki Misaki, as least as long as she looks like her friend, Eri. For that matter, Eri herself. Nao. Some of the female shopkeepers (Tigre Punks at Molco and Edoga the Shop at 104, to name a couple. Many of the other NPCs.
  • Judith in Tales of Vesperia.
    • And Luke in Tales of the Abyss.
    • Reid from Tales of Eternia, as well. Luke and Reid's cases were lampshaded in an extra DVD with Tales of Fandom 2, in which the main characters of various Tales games competed to see which was the greatest hero. Luke suggested the exposed navel as a mark of the best hero (Reid and himself having been noted for it).
    • Innes in Tales of Hearts. This is not lampshaded nearly as much as what's immediately above.
    • Regal in Tales of Symphonia, too. Apparently you're not a real man in this series unless you show off some part of your manly chest.
  • Much like Judith above, the very busty Myuria from Star Ocean The Last Hope.
  • In My Sims Kingdom, your character's friend Lyndsay wears an outfit that bares her midriff. Your character, if female, can earn outfits over the course of the game, including a duplicate of Lyndsay's, which does the same for that character. On the other hand, it seems that nobody has navels, which may be something to contemplate.
  • From the Super Mario Bros. series, Peach and Daisy both wear midriff-baring jerseys in the Mario Strikers games.
    • From the somewhat-related WarioWare series, Mona's first outfit.
    • Tiny Kong's grown-up redesign shows off her midriff as well.
  • Talim from the SoulCalibur series. And (considering the series) not in a Stripperiffic way either, surprisingly enough.
    • Seung Mina does this too.
      • Tira in III, as well as Xianghua and Ivy in IV.
  • Lilica of Arcana Heart, especially in one of her win poses where she whips off her vest/sleeveless jacket thing, leaving her clad only in her sports bra and cycling shorts.
    • And Scharlachrot from Arcana Heart 3 has a midriff baring outfit.
  • Most characters in the Golden Sun series don't even show their elbows and knees. Fanservice is probably the only good explanation for Karst's choice in outfit.
  • Interestingly, in the Fire Emblem series, this occurs not only with female characters but often with males of the Thief or Assassin classes, like Sothe (FE 9-10) and Jaffar (FE 7).
  • Kisala and Lilika from Rogue Galaxy.
  • Most of the female characters in the Jak series.
  • Joanna Dark's outfit when she is in the fucking snow in Perfect Dark Zero.
  • World of Warcraft's armor sets will sometimes alter slightly depending on the gender of the wearer, most often in the case of showing off a little midriff for female characters. Of course, a select few sets of armor take this a step further.
  • Street Fighter
    • Sakura leans toward crop-top versions of her seifuku in the various games.
    • Juri wears a half tank top.
    • Karin shows a little bit of her bellybutton in some of her moves, and official artworks.
    • Elena wears naught but a bikini.
    • Rose's DLC gypsy outfit in SF IV.
    • Ibuki's second DLC costume in SSF IV shows her belly button too.
    • Crimson Viper's default and first alternate outfits in SF IV, the alternate moreso than the default.
  • Darkstalkers has Felicia, who bares her midriff and a WHOLE LOT more.
    • Morrigan in her mini-skirt and crop top outfit win pose.
  • Viola from Eternal Sonata.
  • Leafos from Viva Pinata. (However, while her bellybutton shows in the manual, it doesn't in the actual game.) The post office worker. The hunter, Gretchen Fetchen. Petula, of Paper Pets.
  • Albel Nox of Star Ocean Till The End Of Time is a male example, which, combined with his bi-color Anime Hair and douchebag personality, makes for some serious Mr. Fanservice.
  • Crash Bandicoot: Tawna in Crash Boom Bang, Liz the Trophy Girl in Crash Team Racing, and Coco Bandicoot starting with Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Yukari and Mitsuru's swimsuit costumes in Persona 3, consisting of a bikini top and either daisy dukes or a sarong, respectively, as well as the High-Cut Armor/Battle Panties.
    • In Portable, the Female Protagonist has her version, a standard bikini, top and bottom.
    • In Persona 4 Arena, one of Mitsuru's DLC colors (based on Litchi Faye-Ling has the front of her costume use the same tone as her skin, creating this effect.
  • Dark Chronicle's Monica can earn costumes such as a Cat Girl bikini (with tiger stripes) or her own Princess gown, which is something out of Arabian Nights.
  • In Oni, some of Konoko's outfits are like this.
  • Try to guess what all three commando units from Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Yuriko Omega(Empire) Special Agent Tanya(Allies) and Natasha Volkova (Soviets) have in common.
  • Pokémon:
    • In the remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver (though they're more like Crystal remakes), HeartGold and SoulSilver, Sabrina from Pokémon changed to casual wear.
    • Not to mention Flannery, Gardenia, Lucy, Dahlia, Phoebe, Skyla, Shelly (and all female Team Aqua Grunts), Female Swimmers, Battle/Crush Girls, Beauties in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Misty in Pokemon Red And Blue/Yellow and FireRed/LeafGreen, and Karen in HeartGold/SoulSilver.
    • Rui of Pokémon Colosseum has it in the Japanese version.
    • Miror B. wore a midriff-baring outfit in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
    • In Pokemon Ranger we have Pinchers Admin Blue Eyes in Guardian Signs and Sinis Trio member Lavana in Shadows of Almia. Tiffany from the original, however, is a subversion.
    • Elesa does this with both of her outfits in Pokémon Black and White AND Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, however the former isn't as obvious.
    • The female player character of Pokémon X and Y can have this with customization options.
      • Her only two tops that bare her midriff are a short parka which goes up just over the navel and a halter top [1] which shows her entire midriff from her chest down.
      • Malva does this as well. X and Y also add in a female "Punk" class that does this. In fact, a lot of Kalos NPC females have this, however, they are much more subtle.
    • In the demo of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (remakes of Ruby and Sapphire), a female Team Aqua Grunt calls attention to her bare midriff as an example of how stylish the Team Aqua uniforms are.
  • Krystal in her first appearance in the Star Fox series.
    • She also reverts back to this in one of Command's alternate endings but there's a high probability of that game becoming Canon Discontinuity should a new installment of the franchise be made.
  • Zola in Blue Dragon. Combined with low-level Gainaxing because she wears a tube top without a bra.
  • Curly Brace from Cave Story.
  • In RuneScape, clothes that fit a slightly larger male character slightly loosely used to, when transferred to a slightly smaller female character, suddenly be short of fabric in a way that exposes the midriff. This was changed later.
  • Aida from Unreal 2: The Awakening. Her outfit combines Bare Your Midriff with Absolute Cleavage. You can see this here.
  • Jade from Beyond Good & Evil
  • Brutal Legend: Pretty much every female character except the Razor Girls - Ophelia, Drowned Ophelia, Lita, the Zaulia (and how!), even a Male example in Lars.
  • Nariko in Heavenly Sword.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • The Gerudo Warriors all bare their midriffs, wearing stereotypical eastern-arabian clothes.
    • From Twilight Princess: Human Midna and Iza, who runs the boat rental shop also wears something exposing her stomach. And there are even male examples of this too. The aforementioned Iza has a brother named Coro who exposes his midriff as well, and while the next example isn't as pleasant, Fyer and Falbi also pull this off.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has the Gerudo as naval amazons, but for another example, there's the Treasure Chest Shop girl. They textured her belly button even though you can only see it if you clip your face through the counter.
    • In The Legend Of Zelda Cdi Games (excluding "Zelda's Adventure"), Zelda is wearing a crop top that alternates from being tucked in or showing her stomach. Interestingly, she doesn't seem to have a navel.
  • Carmelita Fox, in the Sly Cooper games. Note that this is Inspector Carmelita Fox, who is apparently on duty and possibly in uniform — and who has been called 'hag' by more than one NPC, which implies she's no spring chicken despite being the love interest of a guy presumably in his early 20s. Neyla shows hers too, but she's only a constable at the beginning, backstory says she was recruited straight out of university, and it doesn't look like she's supposed to be wearing a uniform.
  • A minor plot point in Project Origin, where Lieutenant Stokes wears a lightweight tactical vest, and the shirt underneath it doesn't quite extend far enough down cover up her midriff. The plot comes at the end of the game, where Genevive Aristide shoots her in the gut, right at the spot where her armor doesn't cover her.
  • Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.
    • Zigzagged: In the 2013 reboot, neither her default outfit nor any of the alternate outfits expose her navel.
  • Morrigan in Dragon Age, combined with Absolute Cleavage on her utterly ridiculous vaguely scarf-like construction that she wears in lieu of a shirt. More realistically, the Dalish armor, as worn by females.
  • Some of the outfits in We Cheer.
  • Basically every major female character and many minor female characters in Shantae.
  • Xenosaga: Shion Uzuki ditches her minidress uniform for a high-fashion outfit with a shortish shirt and low-rise slacks in Episode II, then, after quitting in time for episode III, goes straight-out Stripperiffic with her outfit, featuring tight shorts and a very brief top, more emphasised than moderated with a short fur-collared jacket.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has a few examples. Tikal the Echidna from Sonic Adventure, in Sonic Riders Rouge the Bat has an alternate outfit which invokes this trope, and similarly Blaze the Cat has an alternate outfit in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's infamous Huntsman's Shirt does this for males and females, though the female version swings more to Fur Bikini.
  • Skylanders has Stealth Elf.
  • Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City has several examples, but one standout is the astrologist Hypatia. Like all Zodiacs, she wears a full coat... but hers is inexplicably open in the front, giving everyone a clear view of her bare skin.
  • In Sengoku Basara, originally the guys were the majority on the chest/midriff-baring front, aside from Kasuga who sports Absolute Cleavage all the way down past her navel. She was later joined by Magoichi and Maria, which evens out the ratio somewhat.
  • Courtney Gears in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.
  • Minagi Tohno when she gets hit in the upper area or in her crouching position, it shows a bit in the Doujin Game, Eternal Fighters Zero.
  • A rare male example is Riku in his appearance in Kingdom Hearts II, whose navel is the only thing revealed in his outfit.
  • Musashi himself in Musashi Samurai Legend. Another rare male example.
  • Valencia in AdventureQuest.
  • In RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel, Sichte's top has been ripped at the bottom, exposing her navel. Karl Palesch is also a (male) example.
  • The titular Iris and Nel from Atelier Iris 3.
  • Natasha from Rusty Hearts wears a midriff-baring corset Her compatriot, Roselle Vergerius, bears a lot more, even in her censored version.
  • Solatorobo also provides a male example in Calua, who wears armor over his chest, legs, and tail, but forgets to cover his belly. Then there's the Queen of the Race photo, in which Chocolat drags a reluctant Elh into dressing like a cheerleader, much to Red's amusement.
  • The iDOLM@STER 2 - Several of the costumes sport this.
  • Saya Kho from the X-Universe. Of course, in-game she is only see from above the neck.
  • Most of the female Mortal Kombatants.
  • Alpha Creations Softworks is notorious for its insurmountable levels of Fanservice. Most notably in this variant.
    • Fighting Champions: Yani, Melissa and, for a male example, Axel
    • Rumble! @ the Campus: Hell, it seems like all of the females (except Dr. Hikari) are part of this trope, either main or alternate uniform: Kiyo, Jam, Hotaru and a whole lot more...
      • Ditto that with Yani's inclusion in the first two games.
      • Oh, and Hayato is a male example too.
    • Fight or Die: Same case as above.
  • Fiora and Sharla's default outfits do this in Xenoblade Chronicles, you can also buy a bikini or just have them take off the armor/shirts and just have them walk around in a bra and whatever else.
  • Pointy-eared, artificial girl Luca from the Star Gladiator series (specifically Plasma Sword) exhibits an extreme case of midriff baring.
  • Oceana from Blue World. (When she's not in her scuba gear.)
  • Tribes 2 tends to do this with a lot of the female scouting armors, this even applies to Star Wolf's male scout armor, for someone from an ice world...
  • Terraria has some of this since the 1.1 update, introducing new female shapes along with the rest of the major content, the most particular example being the Hallowed armor.
  • If you're a female in the Dead or Alive series, chances are you will have at least one or two outfits that do this. And that doesn't even count the Xtreme games which has all the girls in bikinis.
  • Tart in Tears to Tiara 2 is the only female character to do so. And she's fights on the front lines in battle using a BFS. Probably has something to do with the Goddess thing.
  • Juliet in Lollipop Chainsaw... a lot.
  • Vivi the vampiress of Brain Dead 13 wears a black skimpy outfit that not only bares her belly, but also exposes her cleavage of her Gag Boobs, combining it with Impossibly-Low Neckline.
  • The Neptunia series has 5pb./Lyrica and Vert, whose HDD outfit is this plus Underboobs. From mk-2, there's HDD Uni, HDD Nepgear, Falcom and Linda/Underling; and in Victory there is Noire in her regular form and Plutia as Iris Heart.
  • Lea in Boogie.
  • Both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in Batman: Arkham Asylum, and in addition, Talia al Ghul in Batman: Arkham City.
  • The female Raider and Merc outfits in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.
  • Quill in Red Faction 2.
  • Dungeon Maker II: The Hidden War: Several female enemies dress like this, as well as the Dungeon Maker's female apprentice.
  • Crazy Taxi: Gena and Cinnamon from Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2 respectively both wear midriff baring outfits. Several of the male characters from the franchise (Axel, Iceman, Gus, Angel and Bixbite) also leaves their upper-bodies on show.
  • Rage: Most of the women in Rage are at least wearing a shirt that stops an inch or two too short, but the ones that particularly qualify for this trope are Sarah (from The Scorchers DLC) and Loosum Hagar, both of whom are wearing what can generously be called a half-shirt, and one of the women in Subway Town who is wearing a tube-top.
  • In Roommates, both Sally and Isabella wear midriff-revealing tops along with short shorts. Sally's stops just short of her shorts, while Isabella's barely covers enough of her chest to count as a shirt.
  • In Wii Fit, the female trainer wears only a sports bra, exposing her stomach.
  • Based on the box art, both the pilot (Bryna) and the gunner (K.T.) of the Star Wolves' mothership in Star Wolves 2. And, if not for one well-placed leather strap, Bryna would also qualify for absolute cleavage. You can see it here. Bryna is the one that is standing up.

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  • In RWBY, both Blake and Yang's standard outfits leave their stomachs exposed, as does Blake's "Infiltrator" disguise. While Yang shows a lot of skin in general, it stands out more for Blake being the only uncovered part of her other than her face and arms.

    Web Comics 
  • Princess Pella Brightwing from Twice Blessed shows off her midriff in her forest green two-piece outfit .
  • Both Edison Lighthouse and Eleanor, in Groovy Kinda, favor ultra-low hiphuggers with at least a bit of tummy showing. The drunker Edison gets, the more she shows. She also has a mysterious navel piercing.
  • Any's super-heroine costume does this in M9 Girls!. She seems shy to be seen like that the first time she wears the costume.
  • MAG-ISA: Lucia's costume.
  • Topaz from Monsterful does quite a nice job wearing her pajamas on this page, plus two of her friends a Spider-lady and a Mermaid do the same.
    • Lily Osiris when she's possessed by Lawrence on this one.
    • There's even a male example with Nick Claus.
  • Fiona from Supernormal Step is fond of midriff-baring t-shirts.
  • The Order of the Stick
    • Celia's original shrine guardian outfit.
    • Haley's original outfit, although her resistance fighter uniform is more concealing, and her new outfit since the desert arc has been... well, more concealing of her stomach, at any rate.
    • Julia Greenhilt, too.
  • Gwynn from Sluggy Freelance bares her midriff and more in an attempt to give Doc Schlock a heart attack.
  • Several of Zeetha's outfits in Girl Genius fit this.
  • In Terinu this is Gwen's default condition when she's not wearing her CyberGlider uniform. Though almost every female in the main cast (Joleen excluded) shows their bellybutton at least in the gallery pictures.
  • Comparatively common in fashion in the Drowtales world along with Detached Sleeves, especially among the Sullisin'rune clan. When both Quain'tana and Ash'waren showed up with bare midriffs in one scene (spoilers!) the fandom nearly imploded from the Les Yay, and a poll was set up to see who had the best belly (Ash'waren won).
  • Kin from Goblins. It looks like Goblinslayer was forcing her to wear that, because as soon as she practically can she grabs a modest neck-to-waist coat.
  • Jodie from Loserz, all the time.
  • Angelika from Our Little Adventure, though lately she's donned a chain shirt that doesn't bare the midriff. She doesn't like the new armor much though.
    • She 'returned to the classic costume design' when they returned to Huckleton. She now wears a Mithril chain shirt that looks like leather and is brown.
  • When she's not wearing a painted-on black dress, Miriam from Out There often favors a tank top or T-shirt that extends down to about mid-ribcage. Her friend Sherry, who usually dresses far more modestly, occasionally rocks the belly button as well. [2]
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Bob's shirt gets torn and he ends up baring his midriff. He reflects that he liked it a lot better when it happened to Natalie Portman.
  • Hel the teacher from Brat-Halla.
  • Despite her tomboyish tendencies, Shelly of Wapsi Square is rarely seen in an outfit that does not bare her midriff.
  • Nadine from Demolition Squad
  • In Rusty and Co., Princess' first outfit, and the Pixie Chicks'.
  • Monique in Sinfest.
  • In Commander Kitty, Zenith's first costume does this.
  • In El Goonish Shive, both Susan and Nanase wore this kind of outfit in early comics. Now only Nanase wears it anymore.
  • Most of the cast of Ménage ŕ 3 (of both sexes) are prone to flashing quite a lot of flesh on screen, midriffs included; for example, lead character Zii makes her very first entrance in a crop top. But the specific style is probably executed with the greatest effect by Senna. Well, she is a lingerie model.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ty Lee full time, Mai and Azula in the beach episode, Katara and Suki when trying to blend in with Fire Nation clothes, and most female Fire Nation guards. Player!Ty Lee wears this in "The Ember Island Players" play The Boy in the Iceberg, but it does not work so well because the actress is overweight.
  • In Justice League, "Task Force X" member Plastique has a midriff-baring outfit. The "skin" is actually a latex layer covering a ring of explosives around her midsection.
  • Hawkgirl switches to a midriff-baring costume, much like her comicbook counterpart's, in season 2 of Justice League Unlimited. Previously, she had worn a Leotard of Power.
  • Almost any young female character in Danny Phantom. Sam and Paulina mostly.
  • Kim Possible
    • Kim did this all throughout her first season, but by the last all of her outfits had changed to avoid this.
    • Her dad also comments on it in the episode where she gets her new mission outfit (her classic mission outfit being the final piece of midriff-baring clothing to go), saying "It's been my dream to see you save the world without baring your midriff." before revealing a large, cumbersome suit of Powered Armor for her to try.
    • Also commented by Ron (in Kim's body) during the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode:
      Kim's mom: As a board-certified neurosurgeon, I've got to say, it's just not possible to swap brains.
      Ron-in-Kim's-body: Point taken, Dr. P, but how else do you explain my bare midriff?
    • Bare midriffs come in handy for the inevitable Kim is turned into a female centaur fanart.
    • Kim's not the only one showing off her navel, Bonnie and the rest of the cheerleading squad, and other background female characters are like this too.
  • Frankie Foster in Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends.
  • Supergirl in Superman: The Animated Series. She is joined in this trope by Stargirl in Justice League Unlimited.
  • Starfire and Terra in Teen Titans. Raven in one episode due to Clothing Damage.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Ahsoka, which while not quite as abnormal as it might be for a Jedi considering what's worn by Aayla Secura, still stands out, especially when you consider her age.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003: April O'Neil's initial outfit includes this, and is in fact apparently considered appropriate attire for her job as a lab assistant. Either Stockman sees her as a Bunny-Ears Lawyer, or he is too busy being evil to notice.
  • The Jetsons: Judy Jetson.
  • Yumi Ishiyama and Sissi Delmas of Code Lyoko, in both variants of their usual outfits, their sport gears and some party clothes too. In general, crop tops are popular with the female students at Kadic. This trope is even commented on by Tamiya in episode 5, "Big Bug".
    • Even Odd falls victim to the crop top... though he wears a shirt underneath. Except when the animators forget to color the shirt.
  • Winx Club loves this. Nearly every female member of the main cast wears a midriff-baring outfit as either their default clothes, their transformation clothes, or both. This is later commented on by one of their professors, who expresses disdain for the look:
    Palladium: Before we can send you, we have to suit you up in the appropriate attire. You see, the weather on Sparx is quite brutal, so I'm afraid open-toe shoes and exposed midriffs simply will not do.
    Griselda: If I had my way, this would be the year-round dress code.
    Faragonda: Oh, Griselda.
    • That quote was only in the 4Kids dub. It's ironic that out of all companies, this one would blatantly address, given that they've tried to cover it up before, notably giving Nico Robin in One Piece an undershirt...
    • And then the Enchantix went and took the last one who wasn't in a mini-dress, Techna, and did it to her too. And made the others' clothes skimpier than before.
  • Weird example with Totally Spies! Being the kind of show it is, it had midriff-baring outfits left and right, but the artists didn't think to give anyone bellybuttons until the third season.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Jenny is designed to look like a teenage girl in a tube top and short skirt complete with an exposed belly and screw-shaped bellybutton. It's even made a plot point in "Around The World In 80 Pieces", being that her "belly bolt" is the one piece that holds the rest of her body together; without it, she quite literally falls apart.
  • Disneyfied Queen La in The Legend of Tarzan.
  • Several female characters on Total Drama Island, notably Heather.
  • Mike from Mike, Lu & Og.
  • W.I.T.C.H.'s Will, Taranee and Hay Lin's Guardian forms have exposed midriffs.
    • Outside of Guardian form, Hay Lin's Season 1 Outfit sorta counts, although you can't see her navel. In Season 2, the girls give up their Limited Wardrobe and each get a couple of trope-relevant outfits.
  • Hyena in Gargoyles ended up with a permanently bare midriff after she became a cyborg. Demona and (in the comics) Angela also tend to go around bare-midriffed. Also Queen Titania had an extremely bared midriff, complete with navel gem.
  • Princess Amalia in Wakfu.
  • Futurama.
    • Amy Wong's default outfit is a sweatsuit with a short-cropped top.
    • Nearly all of Leela's outfits, aside from her default tank top and pants, have cut-out windows exposing at least her belly button. Even her formal wear tends to have these.
    • In "A Tale of Two Santas", Amy wears a midriff-baring Santa suit. In the episode "Cold Warriors", the crew goes ice-fishing, and she wears a parka that exposes her belly button.
    • In "Crimes of the Hot", Professor Farnsworth wears a see-through bellyshirt for a spot of Fan Disservice.
  • Hayley from American Dad!. Her default outfit shows her midriff (and her navel ring).
  • The Fairly OddParents.
    • Vicky
    • Several of the female students in Dimmsdale Elementary are like this too; the school has a rather lousy dress code for allowing ten year olds walking around with their belly buttons revealing.
  • Triana Orpheus in The Venture Bros. in a nice low-key goth girl way.
  • Luanne in King of the Hill.
  • Most of the girls have one such set of street clothes in X-Men: Evolution. Jean has three.
  • Captain N: The Game Master.
    • Princess Lana.
    • Princess Zelda when she appeared in it.
  • Strangely enough, Beachcomber from Transformers Animated is colorized in a way that makes him look like he's bearing his midriff. Whether this was intentional or not, he's still the only character in TFA to do so. No wonder he has such devoted fans.
    • Most versions of Arcee have a similar look, though it's less prominent in their cases because, unlike Beachcomber, none of them are drawn to look like they're wearing jeans.
  • Joan of Arc in Clone High.
  • June's usual attire in The Life and Times of Juniper Lee.
  • Jessica in The Bremen Avenue Experience.
  • Quinn in Daria. Also Kevin, in a rare male version, and Stacy to a lesser degree.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: During "In Gamma World", Wasp and a female SHIELD agent mutate after being exposed to Gamma radiation, causing their costumes to conveniently tear in mid-riff exposing areas. Actually Wasp's civilian outfit does this.
  • Batman Beyond.
    • Chelsea.
    • Maxine in one episode.
  • Triplicate Girl in Legion of Super Heroes, and Duo Damsel for part of season two.
  • Artemis on Young Justice.
  • Tula in The Pirates of Dark Water.
  • Sabrina in Sabrina: The Animated Series. She was then given a belly button in the other show "Sabrina's Secret Life".
  • In one episode/short/cartoon in Animaniacs called "Belly Button Blues" Katie Ka-Boom wears a midriff bearing shirt that shows off her belly button. Her family all notice it and have different reactions to it, especially her little brother who constantly keeps singing, "I see Katie's belly button! I see Katie's belly button!". It annoys her so much, especially when her DAD mentions her belly button. She becomes enraged and turns to a green monster with an even bigger and MORE hideous belly button!
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Alt!Candace from Across the 2nd Dimension. Not that anyone would complain...
    • Regular Candace has several outfits like this as well.
    • We also see Doof in a croptop in one episode, though this is more like Fan Disservice. Perry is justifiably horrified at the sight.
    • Stacy has several outfits like this during the "Disco Miniature Golfing Queen" number from "Put that Putter Away".
    • Isabella, too, has an outfit that shows off her tummy during the same number from "Put that Putter Away", as well as a Hawaiian Hula outfit, mistaken for a "belly dancer" outfit, in "What Do it Do?".
      • So did Fireside Girl Adyson in "Put That Putter Away"
  • Many female Trollz in Trollz, as their bellybuttons have magical gems that are the source of their magic.
  • Cheetara and Wilykit in Thunder Cats 2011.
  • Lion-O in the original ThunderCats series is a male example.
  • Grown up AndrAIa in ReBoot.
  • Meg's post-makeover outfit in the Family Guy episode "Don't Make Me Over".
  • A few background characters on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • Portia in Friends and Heroes.
  • A rare male example with Air Enforcer of Skysurfer Strike Force.
  • Abby from Cubix, even when it's raining and the wind is blowing!
  • Sym-Bionic Titan: Kimmy's outfit in "The Ballad of Scary Mary" does this, as does Ilana's pajamas in "Tashy 497."
  • Aya from Green Lantern: The Animated Series seems to be made to look like this.
  • Almost every female character in Braceface.
  • Mary Jane and Cheyenne from Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

    Real Life 
  • Many women wear sport bras without their shirts when they go jogging or work out.
  • Before the early-eighties, which is when manufacturers began making cropped tee-shirts to bare the midriff, young women would often tie the bottom front into a knot, to bare their midriffs.

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